swoon

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swoon \Swoon\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Swooned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swooning}.] [OE. swounen, swoghenen, for swo?nien, fr. swo?en to sigh deeply, to droop, AS. sw[=o]gan to sough, sigh; cf. gesw[=o]gen senseless, swooned, gesw[=o]wung a swooning. Cf. {Sough}.] To sink into a fainting fit, in which there is an apparent suspension of the vital functions and mental powers; to faint; -- often with away.

The sucklings swoon in the streets of the city. --Lam. ii. 11.

The most in years . . . swooned first away for pain. --Dryden.

He seemed ready to swoon away in the surprise of joy. --Tatler.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swoon \Swoon\, noun A fainting fit; syncope.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

swoon

noun

1: a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain [syn: {faint}, {swoon}, {syncope}, {deliquium}]

verb

1: pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain [syn: {faint}, {conk}, {swoon}, {pass out}]


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